Organizational Behavior

Discipline: Semester at Sea Seminars
Instructor: Dykman
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 14:15
End: 15:30
Field Work: Day 1 - Casablanca - Thursday, 3 October | Morocco
Prerequisites: This class is appropriate for students pursuing any major. Students enrolled should have an interest in the behavioral (human) aspects of organizations. It is an introductory course and has no prerequisites, although it is helpful to have a basic understanding of business and management. Download Syllabus

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an introduction to concepts relevant to understanding and predicting human behavior in organizations. Topics include personality, motivation, leadership, group processes, decision making, and conflict resolution. Research findings in psychology, sociology, human resources and management are synthesized as they contribute to the understanding of individual and group productivity. Teamwork, leadership and problem solving are emphasized through experiential learning and/or case method. Assignments include written reports and oral presentations.

Field Work

Country: Morocco
Day: 1 - Casablanca - Thursday, 3 October

Students will travel to a private management university where they will meet a panel of business men to field questions in a conference room. Following the panel, the students will have lunch and then move on to visit a business called Sport Plus that sells sporting goods. The students will have a tour of their facilities and a discussion on management. Finally, the last visit at a multifaceted, private hospital with 300 employees and a 140 bed capacity, which is the biggest of its kind in North Africa. We will have a tour there and the director of the hospital is a graduate of University of Texas (UT) and will be able to facilitate a helpful perspective on the health-care business in Morocco. Academic Objectives:  

  1. Learn about the organizational issues  by Moroccan organizations and ways in which they address these issues
  2. Reach an understanding of University efforts to educate Business students in Morocco and prepare them for their careers
  3. Compare and contrast the organizational challenges faced by universities, small businesses and the health care sector
  4. Assess the role of universities, small businesses and the health care sector within the Moroccan economy